United States Senate Panel Heads To Vote On Donald Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Today

Brett Kavanaugh has said that he is a victim of “grotesque and obvious character assassination” (Reuters)

WASHINGTON: 

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court hung in the balance on Friday after a jarring and emotional hearing into sexual misconduct allegations against him that gripped the country and reflected the nation’s larger political divide.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, with 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, is set to meet at 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT), giving its members little time to review Thursday’s extraordinary testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students. Kavanaugh denied the accusations.

Democrats have urged a delay to allow for an FBI investigation, a move backed late Thursday by the American Bar Association, which had earlier endorsed his nomination.

“Why are they shutting it down? I believe it’s because they are trying to hide something,” Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat on the committee, told NBC’s “Today” program on Friday.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, could be the deciding vote on several contentious cases if he is confirmed, with disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading to the court soon.

Confirmation of Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, would cement conservative control of the nation’s highest court.

The judiciary committee could…

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